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Joshua Van Lieu
HSTAS 490
Seattle Campus

Topics in Asian History

Class description

This class will examine the themes of modernity, experiences of the modern, and the question of disjuncture/continuity as examined through the currents of Korean political thought, religion, and social movements from 1860 to 1945.

Student learning goals

Students will gain an understanding of modern Korean and Northeast Asian intellectual and political history that can serve as a starting point for further research in problems of the period or as preparation for study of postwar Korea.

General method of instruction

The course will be a combination of lecture and class discussion based on assigned readings.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Students will be required to complete assigned readings, take a midterm and final exam, write a research paper, and participate in class discussion.

Grades will be assigned on the basis of performance on the two exams, research paper, and class participation, with an emphasis on the exams and paper.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Joshua Van Lieu
Date: 07/04/2009